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THE TYPOGRAPHER’S BIBLE

                                          by Bob Richardson (9718)

           T SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN WITH US             the age of fiŌeen became an assistant with
           FOREVER, but it’s a mere sixty one       Lambeth Public Libraries. AŌer aƩending
           years since the first appearance of       lectures in librarianship at the London School
a book which has become more commonly               of Economics he joined St Bride Libraries,
known by the name of its authors, than by its       then under Robert Peddie, but his Ɵme
official Ɵtle. To most readers of Small Printer       there was cut short by the First World War,
it’s “Jaspert, Berry & Johnson”, rather than        serving from 1914 to 1919 in the Royal Army
the more formal Encyclopaedia of Typefaces,         Medical Corps. AŌer the war he returned
which first appeared in 1953. In those days          to St Bride and embarked upon what would
there was no Jaspert—just William Turner            become his life’s work. In 1922 the St Bride
Berry, librarian at St Bride, and Alfred Forbes     School of PrinƟng relocated to Stamford
Johnson, keeper of printed books at the             Street and underwent a change of name,
BriƟsh Library. Both men had impressive             becoming the London School of PrinƟng &
track records in the history of typeface design     Kindred Trades. The manager of the lending
and producƟon and collaborated on the first          library, F. W. T. Lange, died and Robert Peddie
serious aƩempt to record the vast range of          went into bookselling, leaving William Turner
metal typefaces then available to printers and      Berry in overall charge. He also served as
book designers.                                     general manager of the St Bride InsƟtute and

William Turner Berry was born in 1888 and                       quickly established a reputaƟon
became internaƟonally known for his                              for his scholarly knowledge of
contribuƟons to the study of typography
                                                                   arcane prinƟng pracƟces and
                                 and prinƟng                       typographic developments. He
                                   history. He had                spent much of the Second World
                                    liƩle formal                  War fire-watching on the roof at
                                    educaƟon,                       St Bride, and was instrumental
                                    but at
                                                                            in the preservaƟon of
                                                                                 the red brick building
                                                                                 in Bride Lane which
                                                                                 was damaged by
                                                                                 German incendiary
                                                                                 devices on a number
                                                                                 of occasions. Each of
                                                                                 these incidents was
                                                                                 duƟfully recorded
                                                                                 in the minute books
                                                                                 of the St Bride
                                                                                 FoundaƟon, carefully
                                                                                 maintained in the
                                                                                 archives to this day.

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